SYDNEY (AP) — A 15-year-aged surfer died Saturday when he was mauled by a shark, the 2nd fatal attack in a week in Australia and currently at least the fifth this 12 months.
Police mentioned the boy was browsing at Wooli Seashore, in the vicinity of Grafton, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) north of Sydney in New South Wales state just just before 2:30 p.m. when he was attacked. The shark assault still left him with critical injuries to his legs.
Various surfers came to the support of the boy and assisted him to shore for health-related awareness. Even with CPR efforts to revive him, he died at the scene.
Police in the beginning stated the sufferer was 17, but later on corrected his age to 15.
Jim Simmons, mayor of Clarence Valley shire, stated people experienced flocked to the location for the school holiday seasons and there would possible have been lots of folks in the h2o.
“What’s happened there this afternoon would shake everybody,” Simmons reported. “It’s terribly surprising. All of our sympathies, from men and women in the space, go out to the boy’s family.”
It is abnormal for Australia to have 5 lethal shark attacks in the to start with 6 months of a year. On average, three people today die from shark attacks every single 12 months in the place, in accordance to figures stored by the Australian Shark Attack File. The last time there had been five fatal attacks in an complete 12 months was 2014.
Final Saturday, a 20-year-outdated scuba diver who was spear fishing died just after staying attacked by a shark off the coastline of Australia’s Queensland condition. The man was attacked in close proximity to Indian Head on the jap aspect of Fraser Island.
That assault happened not much from wherever 23-yr-previous Queensland wildlife ranger Zachary Robba was fatally mauled by a excellent white shark in April.
A 57-12 months-old diver was killed off Western Australia point out in January, and a 60-calendar year-old surfer was killed off Kingscliff in New South Wales state in June.